Bridget L. Daniel
Almost everyone that meets me for the first time state that I look too young to be doing accounting. I don't really know what that means, because sometimes I feel like I have been doing accounting for most of my life. I start by telling people that having a passion and drive for what you do must keep a person young, or it is in my family genes.
I started attending college in January 1997. At first, I thought I wanted to be a Dentist, however, after going through a few classes and personal trials I decided it wasn't the course for me. In January 1998, I took my first college accounting course and loved it! It took several years of working full-time to pay for my education before I graduated from Kellogg Community College in December 2000 with an Associate in Applied Science in Accounting and Business Management. During this time, I also worked for a local Certified Public Accountant's office to start my experience in the field of accounting.
In June 2001, I started to work for a local practice of a CPA & Attorney. I continued working in order to pay for my college education during this time. In December 2003, I graduated from Sienna Heights University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Accounting. During this time is when I realized my passions in the accounting field; income tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll, and QuickBooks advising. I truly enjoy working with individuals and businesses in preparing their income tax returns on a yearly basis. I also enjoy working doing bookkeeping, accounting, and payroll for businesses. In doing the bookkeeping and accounting I mainly use QuickBooks accounting software for businesses. I have been working with the program since 2002, and have been a ProAdvisor since 2009.
Continuing my education in November 2006, I passed the Enrolled Agent (EA) Examination. I received official certification in May 2007 to Enroll to Practice before the Internal Revenue Service. Many people ask what the difference is between CPA vs. EA. Only EAs are required to demonstrate to the IRS their competence in matters of taxation before they may represent a taxpayer before the IRS. Unlike attorneys and CPAs, who may or may not choose to specialize in taxes, all EAs specialize in taxation. Enrolled Agents are the only taxpayer representatives who receive their right to practice from the U.S. government (CPAs and attorneys are licensed by the states). This certification allows my clients to have confidence that I have the knowledge to assist them in preparing their income tax returns.
I always knew that I wanted to own and operate my own business. So in September 2007 my husband and I started placing ourselves in the position to do so. In July 2008, we purchased the office building and started renovations to bring the building to commercial code. In September 2008, at the young age of 30, we opened the doors to Complete Accounting and Tax Services, LLC.
While accounting is my work passion, I do not succeed without the love and support of my family. My husband, Jeff and I have been married for 13 years. Together we know that we can accomplish anything. We also have a beautiful seven year old daughter, Lily, which we love to spend time with. We enjoy vacations, visiting family members, and camping together. My family supports and enables me to have the drive and passion for what I do, and I am very thankful for them. Other family members that have supported my business include: Dads, Moms, Siblings, and Grandparents.
It has now been over six years since opening the business, and although the economy is difficult, income tax, accounting, and payroll are services that are still in need. We continue to be open year round to assist individuals with income tax issue and do bookkeeping and payroll for businesses. Recently, Barb Butcher's clients have merged with our office, and we will be assisting them in filing their 2013 tax returns. As a small growing business owner, I understand the necessity to provide personalized services at a reasonable price. Since I have been doing accounting for 16 years, I look forward to looking too young to retire someday!
Brandon L. Zirkel
Not everyone knows, but we are siblings. Everyone thinks that I am older that Bridget. Not sure if this is because I look wiser or older, but I tend to think wiser. Actually, Bridget is 6 years older than I am. So yes, she is the older sister.
In May 2006, the accounting office that Bridget worked for was growing and needed assistance doing bookkeeping. I started doing bookkeeping and data entry under Bridget's supervision. She also enjoyed training me how to use QuickBooks for small businesses for accounting and payroll services, which is now my area of expertise. During the 2008 income tax filing season I started working with the tax program and individual income tax forms.
When Bridget opened the business I started working for her. I do a majority of the bookkeeping and payroll services from the office. Since working for Bridget, I have attended several continuing education classes for income tax preparation for individuals. I am also studying to become an Enrolled Agent (EA) to better serve our clients.
After moving to Michigan to work with Bridget, I met my wife, Jen. We were married in June 2007, and will be celebrating 7 years together. We also have three children. Our daughter, Remi is 5, son Cooper is 2, and son Sawyer is 3 months old. We enjoy being active with our church, playing softball, vacations, and spending time with family.
Supporting Office Staff
In January 2014, we welcomed Barb Butcher to the office. Although she is in the process of retiring, she is working on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during tax season in the office. She is helping in preparing tax returns for business and individual clients.
We also added Christa Brown to our office to assist Jill Struble and Cheryl Anthony with administrative assistance. Christa has many years of working with Barb in the past, and has been a great addition to the office. With three adminstrative assistants, they can now keep up with the three preparers in the office.
Our supporting office staff is normally in the office during tax season, but after April 15th they like to disappear until the next tax season. Brandon and I both greatly appreciate all of their assistance during tax season, as we know we would be unable to provide great customer service without their help. We feel that each one of them bring different and great skills into our office to make tax season an enjoyable time for all. So, if you don't see them in the office after April 15th, you know why!